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MoFA rejects distributing political passport to Taliban leaders

MoFA rejects distributing political passport to Taliban leaders

May 19, 2015 - 18:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday rejected issuance of political passport to some Talibaninfo-icon leaders and said only Afghan government officials were eligible.

Earlier, some media reports had revealed government decided to distribute 170 passports to Taliban leaders, the number of passports to be issued were raised to 210 in some reports.

The reports further said the decision to issue Taliban passports was taken during the meeting between Pakistaninfo-icon’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his recent visit to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The passports would help Afghan Taliban leader to go abroad and join their political office and take part in peace dialogue.

The two leaders also decided to ask United Nation Security Council (UNSC) to eliminate the names of Taliban leaders from black list.

But MoFA Spokesman Shakib Musgaghni rejected the report and said that political passport could be issued to government officials who go on a formal trip to foreign countries.

Speaking to reporters Mustaghni said media has misinterpreted the issue. And “I assured you that no passport would be issued to any Taliban leader.”

He explained, illegal distribution of passport would never be allowed to Taliban or any other person, but he did not have information about the issuance of previous passports. It is worth mentioning that no citizen of Afghanistan could be deprived from the right to have Afghan passport.

About the issue of Afghan citizens in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), the spokesman termed the number Afghans whose visas had been canceled incorrect, adding that majority of them were labor not businessmen.

He said the legal termed of Afghans living in UAE was ended; therefore, authorities had decided to send some Afghan back to home. He made it clear that there was no political, ethnic, or any other kind issue behind it.

Earlier, some reports claimed that the UAE officials had canceled the vises of as many as 600 Afghan and decided to deport them.


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